One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year wasn't expensive, wasn't flashy and wasn't something I suppose most females had on their wish lists. A vintage, hand milled, manual coffee grinder. If you've visited It's Just the Coffee Talking in the past you might know how many times I've posted I wanted a non-electric coffee grinder. I had one on my wish list at Amazon that was a small canister style, but I didn't really care so much what my coffee grinder looked like, so much as just wanting one.
But it's one of those things I would never buy for myself. Luckily my husband and one of my daughter's were shopping at World Market near our home and when my husband saw this vintage copper and wood coffee grinder he remembered I had mentioned (a few dozen times over the past four years) that I really wanted one.
My husband found this one at World Market and at the time it was $19.99 I think.
From their website - Product description: Slow brew coffee connoisseurs will love our retro-chic copper coffee mill. Featuring adjustable settings, this manual burr grinder does not heat coffee beans like an electric grinder, and it's easier to clean and much less noisy. Plus, it looks great on the counter top
- Made of metal with copper finish and wood
- Adjustable settings
- Base: 4.72"Sq.
Manual coffee grinders don't deal with that and are quieter to boot!
You can change the grind of the coffee from fine to coarse depending on your preferences or your machine you will be using it in. However I did a test run when I received it, found the grind was perfect as is.
To use, you just pour the beans in the top, and crank.
This was my 'test' to see the grind of the beans. For a personal k-cup or for the 'pour over method' (which is what I typically use) this was perfect.
Just grind the amount you want, it falls to the little pull out box below and you simply remove the box, and use your coffee!
I've been enjoying my grinder at least once or twice a week since Christmas and I love it all over again every time I use it. Fresh ground coffee beans produce a most delicious cup of hot coffee. Whether you want a more compact grinder for camping or travel, a sturdy one for daily use or one for your emergency prep-supplies in case of power outages or disasters of some sort, I believe if you love fresh ground coffee, a manual grinder is a great item to have 'just in case'.
Related coffee mills available from Amazon;
Coffee Mill with Ceramic Grinder 18 cm
Hario "Canister" Ceramic Coffee Mill
Norpro Coffee Grinder
Manual Cast Iron Coffee Bean Grinder with Drawer
Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder, Mini
Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton Storage Capacity (100g)